Even at an impossibly old age,토토사이트 Doosan Bears infielder Kim Jae-ho, who was born in 1985, is still the team’s starting shortstop. Judging by his stats, time seems to be moving backwards.
As of June 26, Kim is batting .336 with 49 doubles, two home runs, 19 RBIs, and an OPS of .852 in 60 games and 146 at-bats. While he hasn’t reached the plate yet, this is a far cry from his last two seasons, when he struggled with a batting average in the low 20s.
His ability to get on base has been particularly impressive this season, with a .434 slugging percentage. He’s also drawn more walks (20) than strikeouts (19). Not only is he hitting the ball well, but he’s also seeing it well, which is why he’s been batting second more often lately.
In the ninth game of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the SSG Landers at Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul, South Korea on April 25, Kim Jae-ho started at second base and shortstop and went 1-for-2 with a double and a walk, extending his hitting streak to eight games since the last game against the Jamsil KT Wiz on April 16.
His solid defense, one of the driving forces that made him the player he is today, hasn’t faded either, with his wide range and reliable throwing arm, as well as his quickness to get the ball out of his glove, which fans call his “signature defense.
The manager’s trust in the veteran shortstop is unwavering. When asked about Kim Jae-ho’s rebound before the game, Doosan manager Lee Seung-yeop said, “Age doesn’t matter. If he’s good, it’s natural to use him. “He’s playing so well, and all we (the coaching staff) can do is manage him when he needs to be managed, take him off the starting lineup when he’s not feeling well, and make sure he’s 100 percent so he can do his best in every game,” Lee said.
“If your body’s reaction or speed is slower than your opponent’s, you are bound to lose, and even though your speed may be lower than before, you need to manage it so that you don’t lose the fight with your opponent,” Lee said, praising Kim Jae-ho for doing so well as a veteran.
“In fact, our society is not so gentle when we get older, but in the professional world, age is irrelevant,” Lee said, adding, “Because they are the same player, they go to the same position in order of ability, not age. I think he’s doing a good job,” he said, expressing his faith in Kim Jae-ho.
Especially given the team’s growing number of young players, including Lee Yoo-chan and Ahn Jae-seok, the role of veteran players who can serve as the centerpiece on and off the field has become important. Kim Jae-ho is one of them. Doosan still needs him as they aim for fall baseball.